I’m afraid you’ll know where I stand in the matter of seconds….if it takes that long.
The only thing in common between the iconic Granada Television series, produced for ITV and PBS, and the upcoming NBC series starring Maria Bello, is the title. To be fair, it might not be a fair fight just yet as the Helen Mirren Prime Suspect, airing on PBS from 1992 through 2006, has won over 20 international awards and Emmys for both Outstanding Mini-series and Outstanding Actress for Helen Mirren. The other, well, it doesn’t premiere until September. But, that’s the fun of starting something like this is, you get to decide for yourself. So, in the words of Michael Buffer, let’s get ready to rumble!
In one corner, you have Jane Tennison, played by Dame Mirren. She’s been called tenacious, brilliant and difficult. Descriptions of the series, Prime Suspect, have ranged merely from tense to gritty. In the other, you have Jane Timoney, played by Bello, being described as “tough-as-nails”, “not just a pretty face” and “an outsider that can be willful, rude and downright reckless”. Watch and vote….
PBS/ITV/Granada Prime Suspect with Helen Mirren
NBC Prime Suspect with Maria Bello